The New York Times ran a piece today about the rise of club sports at colleges across the country. These are very professionally run organizations, but are not funded and managed by the college athletic departments. Students volunteer their time and energy to plan everything from practice schedules to competitive league play. Some teams enjoy a high level of support by their institutions–even if that support is not always financial.
Club sports are another way for good athletes to remain “in the game” in college, without having to provide the same level of focus and sacrifice of NCAA Division I play.